Ramadan 2020

Long Eid Al Fitr break for private sector in Saudi Arabia

Web Report/Riyadh
Filed on June 1, 2019
Long Eid Al Fitr break for private sector in Saudi Arabia

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UAE's Astronomy Centre had announced the first day of Eid for most Islamic nations.

With Ramadan ending next week, Saudi Arabia is yet to officially announce Eid Al Fitr holidays for the public sector.

Also read: Country officially announces first day of Eid Al Fitr

However, earlier this year the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development had announced that private sector employees would be entitled to a 4-day holiday for Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

Also read: Long Eid Al Fitr break in UAE

The ministry tweeted that the 4-day holiday will begin after Ramadan 29, which will be the last working day according to Umm Al Qura calendar for Eid Al Fitr holidays, the ministry added. Therefore, Saudi private sector can look forward to a 5-day long break (Tuesday-Friday).

According to UAE's Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department calendar, the holy month of Ramadan is likely to have 30 days this time, with Ramadan 30 falling on Tuesday, June 4, subject to sighting of the moon. The moon sighting committee will try to sight the moon on Ramadan 29. If the moon is not seen, the next day will be Ramadan 30. If the moon is seen, the following day will be Shawwal 1, the first day of Eid.

Also read: First day of Eid Al Fitr in most Islamic nations

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that a moon-sighting committee will convene on June 3 to sight the Shawwal moon.

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